Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League – Round-Up

Brian Jeeves

Reigning Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League Cup holders, Westcliff On Sea, booked their place in this season’s final with a win over Alleyn Court Aces.

Westcliff will face Hadleigh & Thundersley in the showpiece final, scheduled for August 3 at Rayleigh Cricket Club. Hadleigh beat Southend On Sea & EMT in their semi-final tie at Southchurch Park.

SOSEMT posted 137/3 from their twenty overs. Tom Clark retired at 50, while Alex Gillespie was also unbeaten on 31. Rory Blackaby proved to be the pick of the Hadleigh attack, with 1/25.

THe visit9ors made short work of the chase, reaching their target for the loss of just one wicket and with nine balls to spare. Ollie Smith, retired 50, and Ruben Vapiwala 44* saw them through. Alex Wainwright was the only successful SOSEMT bowler.

Civic Centre book their place in the Plate final with a victory over Westcliff’s second string. Luke Wells retired at 50, while Ben Curtis scored 28. The duo set the tone as their side posted a season-best total of 185/7. 

Sansom (3/21) and Whitear (2/29) were the stand-out performers for the Westcliff with the ball. 

The chase was always going to be a tall order for the Chalkwell park outfit. Ben Cheveralls did his utmost but fell on 40, bowled by League Secretary, Richard Deadman (1-39). Westcliff were dismissed for 139. Matt Elmer (2/2) wrapped up the tail after Will Dove (2/25) had done most of the early damage. Civic Centre will play either Rayleigh Fairview or Rayleigh in the final.

In the East Division, Civic Centre – playing their second game of the week – were put in to bat by hosts, Eastwood at Balfairs Park.

Only eighteen overs per side were possible on what was a cloudy evening.

Civic lost three early wickets (Tomlin 2/15) when the heavens opened and a fifteen-minute burst of torrential rain occurred. The game was then reduced to 15 overs. 

Skipper Dave Colwill (43) and Luke Wells (21) helped Civic to 110/7. Stirrup returned figures of 2/20 and Bartlett 2/26 for Eastwood.

Responding, Eastwood started well with Pragash and Beaver both scoring 21 but they had to thank teenager, Alfie Jeeves – unbeaten on 17 – and Luke Harp (13*) for finishing the game with an over and a bit to spare. Ashwin and Dan Wells both took 2/20 for Civic but it wasn’t enough to prevent Eastwood from leapfrogging them in the league table.

There was a thrilling encounter in the West Division between Westcliff Om Sea and Rayleigh Fairview.

Fairview posted a mammoth 187/4 in 20 overs. Adam Keating top-scored, retiring at 51, while C. Blackaby 39, D.Jarrett 31 and J.Faires 29* were also amongst the runs. 

Westcliff’s Alex Hatton took 2/32 and then proceeded to score 52*. Along with Tom Hickey (28), the duo tried to overhaul the Fairview total, only to fall agonisingly two runs short on 185/3. Ashby took 2/24 for the winning side.

Brian Jeeves